The PEI Awards in pictures

We recently hosted an elegant black-tie dinner at London's Victoria & Albert Museum in honour of the winners of the 2008 Private Equity International Awards. Jeremy Coller, the founder and chief executive of secondaries firm Coller Capital, collected the second annual PEI Private Equity Leader award.

The Private Equity International awards each year give the industry a chance to democratically honour the standouts of the private equity community – including GPs, LPs, intermediaries, advisors and affiliates. The outcome is determined entirely by the industry's participants, not our publications’ editors, making them the only entirely democratic awards in the industry.

Firms including CVC Capital Partners, Actis, HarbourVest Partners, ICG, MVision, CDH Investments, Lexington and Advent International were among the winners in this year's awards, which were recently celebrated at London's prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum.

At our Global Winners Celebration, private equity luminaries mingled amid statues of Greek gods and beneath sculptures defying conventional boundaries – a fitting setting for a celebration toasting some of the industry’s most prominent names.

Sitting down to dinner in the chic surroundings of London’s V&A, guests were treated to a thought-provoking address from the evening’s keynote speaker, editor of international affairs for the Financial Times, Quentin Peel. Peel gave his prognosis for the future of the European Union amid the rapidly shifting political and economic global landscape.  

The audience also heard from PEI Media’s Nicholas Lockley and Hannah Coakley, youth ambassador for global charity UNICEF, the main recipient of the £40,000 (€45,000; $64,000) raised during the evening for PEI Charity Partners II.

Last, but certainly not least, Jeremy Coller took to the stage to accept the second annual Private Equity Leader award. This is the only award given by the PEI team; every year we pick one individual who we think, over the course of his or her career, has made a crucial contribution to the development of private equity as an industry and an asset class. They have helped private equity grow into the position of influence it occupies today, and they continue to lead by example. They are people with big ideas, an appetite for risk, and often colourful personalities.

The founder and chief executive of secondaries giant Coller Capital said it was a “sign of the times” that a secondaries player should be recognised as this year’s leader.

Click below to see a slideshow of the event.

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